Jul 18 - 18, 2017
1 days
All lectures are free. Please register your interest in attending by emailing Damien Flint from Academy Travel at damien@academytravel.com.au or by calling 02 9235 0023. A range of our tour leaders will be holding short courses throughout the year. See below for more information on each course offered.
Jul 18 - 18, 2017

Tour Leader

All lectures are free. Please register your interest in attending by emailing Damien Flint from Academy Travel at damien@academytravel.com.au or by calling 02 9235 0023. A range of our tour leaders will be holding short courses throughout the year. See below for more information on each course offered.
  • Tour Info
  • Itinerary
  • Tour Leader
  • Hotels
  • Inclusions

Overview

We are pleased to announce that we are running a series of free short courses throughout the year at Mosman Art Gallery. Our tour leaders will be providing the short courses, as below, sharing their wealth of knowledge on a wide range of topics. All courses and lectures are free, though please register your interest in attending by emailing Damien Flint from Academy Travel at damien@academytravel.com.au or by calling 02 9235 0023.

Venue Location (Mosman Art Gallery): Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road, Mosman NSW 2088.

Short Course: The Art and Culture of Italy

Italy’s cultural wealth is as extraordinary as its contribution to western civilisation. In this short course, we explore the art and culture of Italy from its tumultuous medieval city-states, through the lives and works of Renaissance artists and artisans to the exquisite villas and gardens of the Italian lake region. Italy underwent a sustained period of economic growth and cultural change in lat middle ages, which saw the invention of banking, the rise of independent, democratic city states and new forms of piety that valued the everyday experience of lay people. These vast social changes are reflected in the art of period, in which naturalism and emotional expression became highly valued for the first time since antiquity, and the growing role of the artists and poets, such as Giotto and Dante, in defining an epoch.

Italy in the Late Middle Ages

Date: Tuesday July 18

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Speaker: Dr Nick Gordon

Italy underwent a sustained period of economic growth and cultural change in lat middle ages, which saw the invention of banking, the rise of independent, democratic city states and new forms of piety that valued the everyday experience of lay people. These vast social changes are reflected in the art of period, in which naturalism and emotional expression became highly valued for the first time since antiquity, and the growing role of the artists and poets, such as Giotto and Dante, in defining an epoch.

Painting after Giotto and the lives of Renaissance artisans

Date: Tuesday July 25

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Speaker: Dr Kathleen Olive

The revolution in the visual arts fundamentally changed how people in Italy saw the world and placed new demands on artists. Dr Kathleen Olive begins this session by exploring painting in the early Renaissance, and then takes you into the world of the Renaissance artisan. The extensive historical record left by those who created some of Italy’s most iconic works allows us to see inside their lives – how they lived, how they were trained and how they navigated the pressures of their competitive (but also collegial) social and artistic lives.

Venice and the Orient

Date: Tuesday August 1

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Speaker: Robert Veel

Venice has until quite recently taken its lead from the eastern Mediterranean, giving it a history and culture substantially different to mainland Italy. In this session, Robert Veel takes you through the history and culture of this remarkable city, from the growth of its trading empire, to its plundering of Constantinople, and the distinctive fusion of Gothic and Renaissance styles in its art and architecture.

Villa life in Italy

Date: Tuesday August 8

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Speaker: Robert Veel

From the Renaissance on Italians sought to recreate the good life that their Roman forebears wrote extensively about. The villa has been the key to this ambition: a place of respite from the burdens of public life, where one can enjoy the natural beauty of a perfect location, dine with one’s family and friends and contemplate philosophy. Robert Veel begins this session with the Renaissance villas of Palladio on the Venetian terra firma. He then explores how Italian villas and their gardens responded to different demands in the following centuries, from the baroque display of magnificence at Isola Bella to the grace and subtle display of botanical knowledge at the Villa Melzi and Villa Carlotta on Lake Como.

Short Course: Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Iran to Pompeii

The ancient world exerts a powerful fascination on us, revealing both startlingly familiar and thoroughly exotic aspects of daily life and history. This short course, presented by highly respected Australian archaeologists, Dr John Tidmarsh and Dr Estelle Lazer, explores some of the most influential societies and cultures of the ancient world from Iran in the east to Rome in the west.

Travels in Persia: From Persepolis to Isfahan

Date: Tuesday August 15

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Speaker: Dr John Tidmarsh

Minoans and Mycenaeans: Greece in the Bronze Age

Date: Tuesday August 22

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Speaker: Dr John Tidmarsh

Depicting gods and their travails: From Greek vases to the walls of Pompeii

Date: Tuesday August 29

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Speaker: Dr Estelle Lazer

To be advised

Date: Tuesday September 5

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Speaker: TBA

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.

Deposits

A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

Fitness rating

Grade 1
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A Grade 1 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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